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Sleepless nights

Ever since the day Nora was born, I was very fortunate in getting a good nights sleep. She did stretches of 5-6 hours right from the beginning and in no time was doing 11-12 hour nights. She had recently starting waking up once overnight for a bottle, but I knew that made sense as she was growing so fast!

Not too long ago, and especially this week, my very independent babe decided she didn’t want to be rocked to sleep anymore. My poor mom heart right?! So when it was time to go to sleep, we would put her in her crib and sooth her to sleep. I touched on this in a recent post but of course it has changed again.

Now little miss has decided that she doesn’t want to be soothed either. So we put her in the crib and leave her be. After some talking and complaining, our big girl falls asleep all by herself! Hallelujah! Or so I thought. This was really awesome during the day for naps but now I am up all night long just waiting for her to put herself to sleep.

She wakes multiple times, or sometimes doesn’t actually “wake up”, just starts yelling and I used to be able to settle her in a few seconds flat but not anymore. I make sure she has her suce, and leave the room. Sometimes I am able to go back to sleep within a few minutes, but other times its for over an hour. I try everything, and she just pushes me away and screams louder. She is fine when I am not there, I just know she isn’t fully sleeping and I can’t sleep knowing that.

Most nights she sleeps well until about 4 o’clock and then I loose count of how many times she fusses between then and 7 when she’s ready to get up. Some nights were not so lucky and she’s up multiple times every hour.

I didn’t complain when I could soothe her back to sleep but now my heart aches knowing I can’t help her and I feel useless just standing around at godawful hours. This momma is sooo tired and Nora is still really clingy and cranky after the big Easter weekend we had. It’s been a long week and hopefully we figure out something to help our little miss sleep better at night.

I’m kind of thinking (and hoping) it’s just a phase but I will continue trying different things to get our good sleeper back. Last week I was tempted to bring her to bed with me as I was so tired but I know very well she won’t have any of that this week! Our silly babe needs so much of her own space.

Crossing our fingers to a good nights sleep soon and for warmer weather! It’s freezing over here and we’re both missing our daily walks.

If anyone has any suggestions besides food before bed please let me know!

xo

Julie

4 thoughts on “Sleepless nights

  1. No electronics/tv an hour before bed and do quiet activities. It does help to have an hour before bed that is just all about winding down. I breastfed, so anytime Dean grumbled, he soothed himself that way. By the time he was a year and almost a half old, he slept in his crib and I did the cry it out method my way not the traditional way. He still wakes up now. He’ll give on cry and it’ll wake me up, but then I’ll hear nothing and go back to sleep. He bangs around his crib a lot. He moves in his sleep. I just let sleeping kids lay. She’ll fuss herself back asleep. She’s learning how to soothe herself. Dean won’t sleep with me at night anymore either, even if he has a cold and wants mommy cuddles. He sleeps better in his own bed.

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    1. I was expecting it at Deans age but not yet😢I know she’s learning but it’s hard at the moment! I just keep thinking that’s it’s going to be so much easier after. She’s very good at soothing herself it just takes awhile lol

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      1. She will for sure get better at it. Just like when they gag, they need to work it out. They need to work the self-soothing on their own as well. It was hard to teach Dean these skills since he always had the boob. The first week was the hardest with staying up until 2 am in the morning and then getting up at 4:45 am to get ready for work. I would go in and out of his room starting at 7:30 am. The first hour, I would go in every 5 minutes to soothe. Then every 10, every 15, 20, 25, 30, usually by 30 he soothes himself to sleep but it took about 12:30 to get there; sometimes 1:30. And if he woke up b/c he was hungry. Start all over again and those where usually the 2 am nights. 🙂 I wouldn’t trade it for the world though. I love my little man. Just take it a day at a time.

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